Venice nursing home, Sunset Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center, unable to admit new residents under moratorium
During 2019, one Venice nursing home, Sunset Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center, was found to have insufficient numbers of staff necessary to meet the needs of its residents according to inspections results compiled by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration.
This documented failure led to the extreme measure of the State of Florida declaring a “moratorium” over new admissions to the nursing home.
Sunset Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center hit with multiple safety-related deficiencies
Failure to maintain sufficient nursing staff…..
§483.35(a) Sufficient Staff. The facility must have sufficient nursing staff with the appropriate competencies and skills sets to provide nursing and related services to assure resident safety and attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident, as determined by resident assessments and individual plans of care and considering the number, acuity and diagnoses of the facility’s resident population in accordance with the facility assessment required at §483.70(e). §483.35(a)(1) The facility must provide services by sufficient numbers of each of the following types of personnel on a 24-hour basis to provide nursing care to all residents in accordance with resident care plans: (i) Except when waived under paragraph (e) of this section, licensed nurses; and (ii) Other nursing personnel, including but not limited to nurse aides. §483.35(a)(2) Except when waived under paragraph (e) of this section, the facility must designate a licensed nurse to serve as a charge nurse on each tour of duty.
Failure to follow doctor’s orders for residents…
All physician orders must be followed as prescribed, and if not followed, the reason must be recorded on the resident’s medical record during that shift.
Failure to conduct comprehensive assessments of residents…
§483.20 Resident Assessment The facility must conduct initially and periodically a comprehensive, accurate, standardized reproducible assessment of each resident’s functional capacity. §483.20(b) Comprehensive Assessments §483.20(b)(1) Resident Assessment Instrument. A facility must make a comprehensive assessment of a resident’s needs, strengths, goals, life history and preferences, using the resident assessment instrument (RAI) specified by CMS. The assessment must include at least the following: (i) Identification and demographic information (ii) Customary routine. (iii) Cognitive patterns. (iv) Communication. (v) Vision. (vi) Mood and behavior patterns. (vii) Psychological well-being. (viii) Physical functioning and structural problems. (ix) Continence. (x) Disease diagnosis and health conditions. (xi) Dental and nutritional status. (xii) Skin Conditions. (xiii) Activity pursuit. (xiv) Medications. (xv) Special treatments and procedures. (xvi) Discharge planning. (xvii) Documentation of summary information regarding the additional assessment performed on the care areas triggered by the completion of the Minimum Data Set (MDS). (xviii) Documentation of participation in assessment. The assessment process must include direct observation and communication with the resident, as well as communication with licensed and nonlicensed direct care staff members on all shifts. §483.20(b)(2) When required. Subject to the timeframes prescribed in §413.343(b) of this chapter, a facility must conduct a comprehensive assessment of a resident in accordance with the timeframes specified in paragraphs (b)(2)(i) through (iii) of this section. The timeframes prescribed in §413.343(b) of this chapter do not apply to CAHs. (i) Within 14 calendar days after admission, excluding readmissions in which there is no significant change in the resident’s physical or mental condition. (For purposes of this section, “readmission” means a return to the facility following a temporary absence for hospitalization or therapeutic leave.) (iii)Not less than once every 12 months.
Venice nursing homes all must meet federal requirements
When a nursing home choose to accept residents who are covered under Medicare and participate in the federally funded Medicare reimbursement program, they must abide by certain requirements that are set forth under the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 — an important set of safety requirements that were signed into law by President Reagan.
For a complete list of deficiencies cited against Venice nursing home, Sunset Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center, click here: https://tinyurl.com/s7xkkte
Where to turn for help?
If you have questions regarding the steps you may take toward holding a nursing home corporation accountable for the neglect or abuse of a loved, you may call me for a free, confidential consultation at (941) 485-7600. James Edwin Keim, Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer.